Machinery pre starts


Machinery Pre Starts
Unlimited, ready-to-go digital pre starts
with our free pre start app
Risk management and corrective actions
Risk Management &
Corrective Actions

Know the hazards and how to control
them with our automated risk
management reports
Document management and audit trail
Document Management
& Audit Trail

Leave paper-based systems behind and
manage and store crucial compliance
information digitally
Dashboards and reporting
Dashboards & Reporting
Get information and insights on the
compliance status across your fleet
and sites



    Machinery Risk Assessments


    Machinery Risk Assessments
    Industry leading and specific to your
    machines. Powered by the Machinery Compliance Engine (MCE)
    Service and maintenance management
    Service & Maintenance

    Keep your machines in top condition
    with a preventative maintenance
    Safe Operating Procedures

    Access easy-to-read, comprehensive
    SOPs specific to your machines
    MySite subcontractor machinery management
    All the tools to manage machinery
    compliance obligations and uphold
    safety on-site
    View All Features 
      See how Plant Assessor can transform your business
      See Plant Assessor in action

      GET A DEMO

            Case Studies
            Hear from our clients
            Find us at industry events
            Find industry-specific guides
            Educational content
            News & Articles
            Industry news and events
              Safety Legislation
              We keep up with safety legislation
              so you don't have to
              Find Demos, overviews and informative
              videos here
              View previous and upcoming webinars
              See our current promotions
                Is your machinery safety System up to spec?
                Complete our Machinery Safety System Health Check to receive a free personalised report on how to improve your compliance gaps.

                HEALTH CHECK


                  All of our frequently asked questions
                  Knowledge Base
                  How to use our software
                  View a Demo
                  Let us walk you through Plant Assessor features
                  Release Centre
                  Product updates and release information
                      We are here to help
                      Have a question about Plant Assessor platform? Speak to our friendly support team.

                      CONTACT US


                        3 min read

                        When should the regulator be notified of a machinery incident?


                        In an ideal world, incidents on site would never transpire. But sadly, this isn’t the case.

                        Incidents involving machinery tragically occur every day; and every day, state and territory regulators receive reports of these incidents. That begs the question, do you know your requirements when it comes to reporting an incident to the regulator? Do you know when and how to report a machinery incident? We delve into the details in this article.


                        What is a notifiable incident?

                        To understand when the regulator needs to be notified of a machinery incident, we need to look at the legislation for the definition of a notifiable incident. The various Work Health and Safety Acts around the country state that a notifiable incident involves:

                        1. The death of a person

                        2. A serious injury or illness of a person

                        3. A dangerous incident


                        A serious injury or illness includes:

                        • immediate treatment as an in-patient in a hospital, or
                        • immediate treatment for:
                          • the amputation of any part of his or her body, or
                          • a serious head injury, or
                          • a serious eye injury, or
                          • a serious burn, or
                          • the separation of his or her skin from an underlying tissue (such as degloving or scalping), or
                          • a spinal injury, or
                          • the loss of a bodily function, or
                          • serious lacerations, or
                        • medical treatment within 48 hours of exposure to a substance

                        A dangerous incident means an incident in relation to a workplace that exposes a worker or any other person to a serious risk to a person’s health or safety emanating from an immediate or imminent exposure to:

                        • an uncontrolled escape, spillage or leakage of a substance, or
                        • an uncontrolled implosion, explosion or fire, or
                        • an uncontrolled escape of gas or steam, or
                        • an uncontrolled escape of a pressurised substance, or
                        • electric shock, or
                        • the fall or release from a height of any plant, substance or thing, or
                        • the collapse, overturning, failure or malfunction of, or damage to, any plant that is required to be authorised for use in accordance with the regulations, or
                        • the collapse or partial collapse of a structure, or
                        • the collapse or failure of an excavation or of any shoring supporting an excavation, or
                        • the inrush of water, mud or gas in workings, in an underground excavation or tunnel, or
                        • the interruption of the main system of ventilation in an underground excavation or tunnel

                        For further information and clarification of what constitutes a serious injury, serious illness or a dangerous incident, see the incident notification (Part 3) in your relevant WHS Act.


                        How should I notify the regulator?

                        The legislation specifies that the regulator in your jurisdiction, such as SafeWork NSW in New South Wales, should be notified in the fastest means possible, which may be via telephone, or email. When this notice is given, you need to provide information about the incident including the location and time of the incident, the machinery involved, the injuries sustained, and any other relevant details. Follow the links below for information on contacting the regulators in each Australian state and territory to report an incident.

                        New South Wales - SafeWork NSW

                        Queensland - WorkSafe

                        Victoria - WorkSafe

                        South Australia - SafeWork SA

                        Western Australia - WorkSafe Western Australia

                        Tasmania - WorkSafe Tasmania

                        Northern Territory - NT WorkSafe

                        Australian Capital Territory - WorkSafe ACT


                        What about New Zealand?

                        The rules for reporting machinery incidents in New Zealand are very similar to Australia. Although worded slightly differently, the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 defines a notifiable event as being the same as the Australian federal Act; the incident involves death, serious injury or illness, or a serious incident. These incidents must be reported to WorkSafe New Zealand.


                        What else should I do in the event of a machinery incident?

                        When a machinery incident occurs on site, notifying the regulator is not usually your first priority. There are a number of other important steps to remember when responding to an incident. Make sure you remember the basics of incident response including:

                        • Render first aid if a person has been injured as a result of the incident.

                        • Call emergency services if medical treatment is required for an injured person or people.

                        • Isolate the machine involved in the incident and any other machinery that may pose a risk to yourself or others.

                        • Assess the risk of any other hazards in the area to reduce the potential for another incident to occur.

                        • Protect the site from disturbance to allow for regulator inspectors to gain an accurate understanding of the incident and what caused it.

                        Once you have assisted anyone involved and protected the site, the regulator in your state or territory should then be immediately notified of the incident.


                        Plant Assessor is here to help

                        Want to know more about how Plant Assessor can help reduce the risks of an incident involving your machinery? Contact our team today on 1300 728 852 or email


                        Disclaimer: This information is intended to provide general information on the subject matter. This is not intended as legal or expert advice for your specific situation. You should seek professional advice before acting or relying on the content of this information.


                        Do you want to receive news like this straight to your inbox?

                        Sign up to eNews